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Lean Six Sigma Nanomanufacturing Course for Engineering and Engineering Technology Programs

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees

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22.999.1 - 22.999.18



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Michael G. Mauk Drexel University


Vladimir Genis Drexel University

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Dr. Vladimir Genis, Professor and Engineering Technology Program Director in the School of Technology and Professional Studies, Drexel University, has developed and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in physics, electronics, nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, nondestructive testing, and acoustics. His research interests include ultrasound wave propagation and scattering, ultrasound imaging, nondestructive testing, electronic instrumentation, piezoelectric transducers, and engineering education. Results of his research work were published in scientific journals and presented at the national and international conferences. Dr. Genis has five U.S. patents.

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Dhruv Sakalley Drexel University

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Master's in Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, 2010

Areas of concentration: Computational Neuroengineeing, Nanotechnology, Six Sigma

Software Developer- Tata Consultancy Services, India 2006-2008

B.E. Biomedical Engineering, Shri Govindram Sekseria Institute of Technology and Science, Indore, MP, India 2006

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Holly Burnside Drexel University

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Lean Six-Sigma Nanomanufacturing Course for Engineering and Engineering Technology programs Vlad Genis1, Michael G. Mauk1, Dhruv Sakalley1, James  Hagarman1, Yury Gogotsi2, and Holly Burnside2 1 Engineering Technology Program, School of Technology and Professional Studies, Goodwin College, Drexel University, Philadelphia PA 19104, 2A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, Drexel University, Philadelphia PA 19103     We have developed a laboratory- and project-based course to instruct Engineering andEngineering Technology students in Lean Six Sigma methodologies for nanomanufacturing. Theexperiments include synthesis and characterization of quantum dots and magnetic nickelnanowires, and fabrication and testing of organic LEDs and nanocrystalline solar cells.Additional experiments related to ferrofluids, soft lithography, nanocrystalline phosphors, andnanofilters are under development. The broad objective is to impart the knowledge and skillsneeded to translate laboratory discoveries in nanoscience to the production of commercialnanotechnology-based products using Lean Six Sigma principles and methodologies. Manyaspects of the experiments are amenable to image capture and image processing withinexpensive CCD cameras (e.g., cell phone or webcams), as well as the quantification of imagefeatures to generate the sufficiently-large and diagnostic data sets needed for Six Sigma analysis.The image capture/analysis component provides students with exposure to machine vision forprocess control and automation, materials characterization, and quality assurance and inspection,as practiced in modern manufacturing. By themselves, Nanotechnology, Lean, Six Sigma, andmachine vision (image capture /image processing and analysis) are important and timely subjectsfor engineering and engineering technology students. Their integration in a laboratory courseprovides an effective and leveraging means for gaining exposure, insights, and practicalexperience in the subtle and pervasive issues and challenges of nanomanufacturing. Theresulting synergism enhances the instruction of each subject and an appreciation of their broaderrelevance. The laboratory projects are in a modular format, and their materials, protocols,equipment, and time requirements are appropriate for semester- or quarter-based programs. Themodules will be made available to other educational institutions.

Mauk, M. G., & Genis, V., & Sakalley, D., & Burnside, H. (2011, June), Lean Six Sigma Nanomanufacturing Course for Engineering and Engineering Technology Programs Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18251

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